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Guide: Custom Case Side Panels
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Written by booman   
Saturday, 12 August 2006 01:00
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Custom Panel with Windows Mod
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Mod Mission:

I plan to create my own side panels to match the existing case and mod a window with etched images.  This mod can probably take a whole weekend (minus painting) if you spend every waking hour on it. I spent a few weeks working an hour or two every day.  The final goal is to have close fitting panels on both sides of the case that will be simple to remove when opening.  This mod requires a signficant amount of metalworking, and should be considered to be advanced difficulty.

Materials Needed:

  1. Computer Case without panels
  2. Sheet metal
  3. Plexi glass
  4. Self-tapping fan screws
  5. Hammered finish spray paint
  6. A lot of patience

Tools Needed:

  1. Jigsaw
  2. Hacksaw
  3. C-clamps, small & large
  4. Angle iron-at least 24" long
  5. Jewelry files-or grinding bits for your drill
  6. Drilling bits- large for jigsaw
  7. Etching needle
  8. Sand paper
  9. Hammer
  10. Small metal cutting saw
  11. Paper
  12. Exacto knife
  13. Black marker

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